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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Dec 28, 2009 1:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dead = Jazz?

That was my point in a round about way LIA,that this group of innovative musicians was creating a complex new sort of music that wasn't easily labeled this or that,and to compare it Miles music simply because he was playing jazz with electric instruments with a rock element was a disservice to the integrity and quality of the Dead's music.What they were doing was far more inventive and they were doing live not in the studio.I know that jazz is generally thought of as being horn based,but the absence of horns doesn't negate something from being jazz,such as piano driven jazz with no horns is no less jazz.So I believe that some of the music the Dead played was genuine free jazz,Jerry and Bob were playing some true jazz licks as were Billy and Keith.I think jazz musicians would be well served to listen to and incorporate some of the Dead's jazz stylings.